FAQs

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How often do I vaccinate my horse?

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For most equines we recommend twice a year, however if your horse is actively showing, we would suggest some additional inoculations. There are some situations where horses can be safely protected with annual vaccines. You should consult with the doctor as to which program best suits your horse’s needs.  See the vaccination schedule and definitions.

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What vaccines should my horse receive?

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All horses in our area should be vaccinated for West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE), Tetanus, Potomac Horse Fever and Rabies. If your horse has any exposure to other horses, it should receive Flu/Rhino and sometimes Strangles vaccines.

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What is a coggins test?

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This is a blood test that checks your horse for Equine Infectious Anemia, which is a contagious infections and potentially fatal viral disease. The state of Virginia requires that all horses assembled at a s show, race, meet or other such function, must be accompanied by a negative test for EIA within 12 months prior to such event. Most of the boarding stables and equine referral hospitals in our area require horses to have a current Coggins test as well. We recommend  if you travel with your horse that a copy should be kept in your horse trailer or glove compartment of your vehicle

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What types of medication should I keep in my barn?

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If you do not have a first aid kit in your barn, we recommend keeping bute paste, banamine paste and dex paste on hand. Always consult your veterinarian before administering any medication.

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What is the proper way to administer paste dewormers? How do you know when to give a dewormer and what type to use?

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To give a paste dewormer you must make sure your horse’s mouth is empty. Measure the proper amount of paste needed (horses weight in pounds). Put the tube in the corner of the horses mouth and press the plunger on the tube while lifting the horse’s head up. Hold the horse’s head up to be certain the horse swallows the paste. The best way to be sure your horse receives the right wormer at the proper time is to have your veterinarian perform a fecal egg count.

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Can we give dogs and cats vaccinations when we make farm calls?

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Yes. If our clients have companion animals that require vaccinations we are happy to provide them with this service while at the farm. When making your appointment be sure to include them so we can be certain to have the vaccines on our trucks.